Course Title: Photography: An Introduction

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Photography: An Introduction

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


345H Media and Communication


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014


RMIT University Vietnam


345H Media and Communication


Viet1 2014,
Viet2 2014,
Viet3 2014,
Viet1 2015,
Viet2 2015,
Viet3 2015,
Viet1 2016,
Viet2 2016,
Viet3 2016


Melbourne transfer to Vietnam


345H Media and Communication



Course Coordinator: Pauline Anastasiou

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1969

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

The course approaches the medium of photography firstly, as a unique approach to human communication; secondly, as an art form; and thirdly, as a medium which requires the acquisition of a unique set of technical skills. In studying this course you will be shown how photography has developed throughout its history.

You will be introduced to basic principles of the camera and you will also be provided with techniques for achieving and responding to the content and structure of photographs. We will look at the history of photography and examine how our growing understanding of the principles of human perception and communication has influenced the photographic medium.

You will learn how to respond to and how to use different types of lighting and how to choose appropriate lenses to achieve various photographic effects. It is the intention of this course to explore basic imaging techniques so that you can further explore what you have learned in the future.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss and analyse photographs in relation to the historical and cultural context in which they are produced.
  • Describe aspects of narrative and produce images that communicate a narrative.
  • Explain the impact of lighting and photographic techniques on the production of images and apply these in the production of images.
  • Discuss the relationship between content and form in photographs, as well as the relationship between photographs

Overview of Learning Activities

The following planned learning activities will be included in the course:

  • Group interaction, debate and discussions to enable you to contribute and share your experiences and resources.
  • Research based assignments that will encourage critical thinking, information literacy and the evaluation of resources.

You are expected to actively and regularly contribute to class activities and to show your understanding of the issues raised by the course. We encourage you to participate in an informed way in discourse and debate and to work collaboratively.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include .group work,projects, critiques and peer feedback
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.

An assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies and procedures which are described and referenced in a single document